Villa Bella Vista, Modern Interior Design

modern interior design for beach home

The beautifully modern interior designed Villa Bella Vista is located in the heart of gorgeous Manuel Antonio in the Puntarenas province. It was designed and built to take advantage of its privileged location. With its breathtaking views and modern interior architecture design, this house truly makes you feel like you are living in paradise.

The architecture of this 5-story, 9-bedroom villa is very clean and modern. I had the opportunity to work on the interior design along with the owners. They were very easy to work with, tons of fun, and we made a splendid work team.

Come along with me and check out how it turned out!

modern interior designed villa in manuel antonio

Architectural Features

I’m going to start with the villa’s most impressive architectural feature. Way up on the 4th level, there is a delightful “floating” infinity pool. As you might guess, it offers an outstanding ocean view that will make you just want to hang out by the pool all day to enjoy it.

modern designed main entrance

Of course, you don’t have to go too far into the house to see some pretty amazing stuff. The main entrance is quite outstanding in its own right and I was honored to have a hand in its creation. Various warm natural textures, like wood and cane, expertly contrast with the cold, exposed concrete on the wall. Potted plants also play a very important role in this scene, adding some organic and soft shapes to complete the look.

The Kitchen and Dining Areas

The kitchen located on the fourth level and the bar area on the top level were both designed with very straight clean lines that play along with the symphony of the villa’s architecture. Again, we added some warm and organic textures to the spaces, to perfectly balance the simplicity of the modern interior design.

An inside dining area merges with an outside one when the glass doors are pulled to one side of the room. This makes the entire space feel big and open and you almost feel like you’re right on the beach. It’s even better though because you have the full view of the ocean and can enjoy the soft sea breeze that comes off the water.

The Color Scheme

We chose light grays for the walls in this house. You can appreciate the look in these dining room photos. It helps make the space feel bigger and lighter, and makes you feel like you’re in the clouds.

This is a very good example of how I used color psychology to enhance the spaces and reinforce the intention of modern interior design and architecture throughout the house. Light tones of cold colors used in warm climates always give a soothing effect, inevitably leaving you feeling relaxed and cool.

The Furniture

Furniture design is always a very fun part of my job. I really enjoy picking finishes, fabrics, colors, and textures that will work together in a space. It’s like putting together a puzzle that I have already made in my head. When it becomes real and works so nicely like in this lounge area, it all makes sense and my feeling of satisfaction is immense.

In this case, I designed the furniture and the owners of the villa sourced it with a local furniture shop who had this spectacular teak sofa made in Bali. The fabric is Sunbrella, which they brought from the US. The coffee table is also from Bali and it adds so much fun to the space with its organic shapes, I just love it!

modern designed outdoor furniture that suits the modern concept of the house

The outdoor furniture was sourced with Aurea Designs. These brilliant powder-coated aluminum sun loungers couldn’t be any more perfect for this wood deck.

Putting it All Together

Also, it important to note, how we reinforce a style with every piece of furniture we pick for a house. In this case, all the outdoor furniture is very modern and sleek, and the finishes were carefully chosen to go along with the house. We left nothing to chance, everything was well thought out and I believe the results show all the work and love we put into the design.

Finally, it is important to note how careful we must be when using color and textures. Everything has to be very well balanced in order for a space to not only look, but also be, comfortable.

Comfort is not simply a matter of spending a lot of money on super high-end things. Its more a matter of carefully creating a very subtle balance between architecture and interior design, and between color and texture. And also creating everything with love.

Excited by what you’ve seen here? Check out more of my favorite interior designs!

Barefoot Luxury Design in Costa Rica

Are a true eco-vacation and luxurious, resort-like surroundings mutually exclusive?

Not in the world of barefoot luxury design.

barefoot luxury in costa rica
Arenas del Mar, Manuel Antonio, Quepos

We are incorporating simple, yet elegant elements to create luxury accommodations with a down to earth feel, stepping away from the over-the-top opulence found in many big-name luxury resorts and instead focusing on simplicity and comfort and that is what barefoot luxury design is all about.

What’s the Deal With Barefoot Luxury?

Barefoot luxury is a new trend surfacing among luxury travelers. These travelers are looking for a simple experience in comfortable surroundings. In other words, an eco-vacation without sharing their bunk with the bugs. 

And those offering accommodations all around the world are more than happy to accommodate.

High-end resorts and hotels are incorporating design elements like reclaimed wood, stone, linen fabrics, and simple, earthy designs into their decor. Many of these hotels place a strong emphasis on sustainability and this eco-friendly feel is reflected in the decor.

Nature is a strong theme. Large windows or even open walls are common. Don’t be surprised if you find the jungle invading your bathroom in the form of a bathroom garden with a shower that makes you feel like you’re bathing in a waterfall.

barefoot luxury designed bathroom
Aguas Claras, Puerto Viejo

Perhaps the epitome of barefoot luxury design would be a rustic-chic treehouse. But not the type that you’d find in somebody’s backyard. This is a luxury accommodation designed to create a simple harmonious blend of opulent comfort with nature.

As a welcome divergence from the norm, Luxury travelers are eating it up.

the luxury of natural wood texture
Nayara Springs, Arenal, San Carlos

Why Costa Rica?

If you’ll excuse the pun, Costa Rica is a shoe-in for barefoot luxury. Though the country represents a mere 0.03% of the world’s landmass, it is home to a whopping 6% of the world’s biodiversity. 

Millions of visitors flock to Costa Rica each year to experience its beautiful beaches, fascinating jungles, imposing volcanoes, and take a selfie with a sloth. (I don’t recommend that last one as it can stress out the poor sloth. Please enjoy them from afar.) 

Costa Rica is also one of the safest destinations in Latin America. The government works hard to ensure the safety of tourists in the country and visitors don’t have to worry about unpleasant diseases like malaria or yellow fever.

All this makes Costa Rica a great location for a barefoot luxury vacation. And travelers certainly have plenty of options here.

From exclusive, boutique hotels on the beach, to luxurious treehouses in the jungle, to spacious villas in the mountains with views for days, Costa Rica has something to offer every type of traveler. 

barefoot luxury design hotel in the volcano area
Nayara Springs, Arenal, San Carlos

Creating Your Own Barefoot Luxury Experience

People come to Costa Rica to get in touch with nature. But they still like their creature comforts. Barefoot luxury perfectly blends the two worlds to give visitors a relaxed, comfortable eco-experience. 

Looking to draw the barefoot luxury crowd to your hotel or rental house? Not quite sure how to make it happen? I can help you craft a barefoot luxury experience that will be drawing visitors back year after year. Let’s make it happen!

canopy bed in luxurious beach hotel
Latitude 10, Santa Teresa, Guanacaste

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